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Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (1H-MRS) is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique. It allows the quantification of cerebral metabolite concentrations. Currently, MRS-1H is used regardless of the examination schedule. However, it is not possible to say if the brain metabolite concentrations are stable over 24 hours. Thus, the main objective was to study the diurnal variation of cerebral metabolite concentrations in 1H-MRS in healthy subjects.

Moreover, the investigators also want to investigate the association between choline concentrations (Cho, parameter reflecting membrane metabolism) in 1H-MRS and fractional anisotropy (AF) values, obtained with the diffusion tensor imaging sequence (DTI), in the white matter of the centrum ovale. The results obtained from this objective will allow to obtain reference values of an estimate of the association between Cho concentrations and AF values in healthy subjects. These data are intended to improve the diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients with neurological pathologies.


Clinical Trial Description

Currently, it is not possible to say if the brain metabolite concentrations are stable over 24 hours in 1H-MRS. Few studies, with small samples (< 10 subjects), have investigated this point. Their conclusions remain inconsistent. Without an available study with sufficient statistical power, it is not currently possible to state that concentrations of brain metabolites are stable over 24 hours. Therefore, it is not possible to formally conclude on differences in concentrations of metabolites between a healthy subject and a patient.

It is known that the human circadian rhythm leads to changes on many parameters such as hormonal secretions (TSH, cortisol, melatonin, growth hormone, and carbohydrate metabolism) and body temperature. It therefore seemed relevant to choose 3 of the most critical periods of the human circadian rhythm (7:30, 13:30 and 18:00) to assess the diurnal variations of cerebral metabolite in 1H-MRS. The DTI sequence will only be performed once.

The study will take place at the University Hospital of Poitiers, in the department of Medical Imaging. 3 appointments are planned: the pre-inclusion one D0, the inclusion one D1 including the signature of the consent, and the D3 one for the realization of the 3 MRIs at 7:30 am, 1:30 pm and 6 pm. Each MRI scan lasts an average of 20 minutes. ;


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NCT number NCT03497832
Study type Interventional
Source Poitiers University Hospital
Contact Rémy GUILLEVIN, PI
Phone 549441791
Email remy.guillevin@chu-poitiers.fr
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date April 2018
Completion date October 2018